KEY CITY OF TH2MQUMTA1M
FRANKLIN, N. C, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1925
WATERS OF THE LITTLE TENNESSEE NOV FORMING
MUNICIPAL LAICE IN CITY LIMITS OF FRANKLIN
WORK STARTS ON SANTA SOPHIA
DEVELOPMENT NEAR FRANKLIN
Engineers Employed by Mr. Almazov and Miss Albert Now
Engaged in Surveying Roads and Making Plans For
Dam This Development to be One of the Finest in All
Western North Carolina When Completed.
Water Ways Closed Thursday, October 8 Lake Is
Rapidly Filling The Lalce Will Cover 225 Acres There
Will Be Seven Miles of Boating Dreams Come True
Power House and Lines Nearing Completion. '
.The Electrical Constructors com
pany who began work on Franklin's
municipal power dam ,on Aprjl' 13th
closed the last outlet in the d.am. last
Thursday and . thus Lake Jfmory,
covering 225 . acres,, will become a
reality in only a few days. The sup
erstructure of the power house is
fast nearing completion. An expert
from the company that furnished ,the
wheels will arrive on the 15th of the
month to make final adjustments on
the water wheels. "
The power line into town is practi
cally complete and the generators are
in place. In fact everything now
points to, the probability of current
by November 1st. A broken piece of
crusher machinery delayed comple
tion of the dam ten days or two
The lake formed by the dam will
afford about seven . miles of boating
water, on the Little Tennessee, Rabbit
Creek and; Cullasaja river.
The completion of the dam w!!l
make tea! - the dreams of 'some ''of
rrankliii,'pioflee''izfiiS Foi yer.rs
a few v' Frnklin's far-sighted wn
notably the- late - Frank - Williams,
worked incessantly for the develop
ment of the . water power with which
nature has so abundantly supplied
the county, .... In the face of many
obstacles which at times seemed in
surmountable,' these men. kept the
faith, until at last the results of their
work are appaient. .
It is believed that the Electrical
Constructors company of Charlotte,
with Mr. Easton as local engineer,
has made a record in point of time in
the construction of Franklin's power
dam. To complete a dam of this size
in just a few days-more than six
months is a record of which the com
pany should be proud. And Franklin
is glad to have had this company
build the dam- There has been no
friction between the -city authorities
and the construction force, The re
lations between Mr. Easton, who
built the dam, and Mr. Allen, the
resident engineer, have been cordial.
In biasing . the dam t.peciucatior.j.
vrr? followed to the letter. As tne
final loathes arc bein; aJaed gooo
will is &.'parent on ebety hand
Franklin is indeed fortunate to have
had the Electrical Constructors com
pany in charge. ', ' ' '
A Hoot Owl Fights
For sometime prior to the happen
ing here related Mr. Jess Lakey of
the Lakey creek settlement had been
missing! chickens, and, turkeys. The
size of the chickens and turkeys did
not seem to make much difference to
the "varmint"; that bad been taking
them. Jess, about dark one night re
cently, saw what he' thought was an
aeroplane sailing over his barn. The
fact that he1 could hear no engine
made Jess. s.uspicious, so he grabbed
his shot gun and blazed away at the
dark shadow outlined .against the sky.
Something that sounded like a' chihi:
ney falling struck the ground. Jess
then approached and heard the
words: "Who, who, who are you?"
Jess knew .then that he had an owl
on his hands. This big bird started
for Mr. Lakey with a hissing sound
that reminded Jess of the last punc
ture of his automobile lire. The owl
was evidently displeased with the
hospitality extended. Jess immediate
ly lost all; interest in his immediate
surroundings and made for "Jhe tall
and uncut." He finally ran into a
rail fence andc knocked down -two
pamieis; ..When hct arose ..he was
frantically, clutching' a.!raiL ..VYitp
strength born of desperation he
brought the rail down on the defense
less head of the owl that "was still
pursuing" and placed that deadly
menace cut of business. The owl, none
the worse fcr its experience, is now a
"captive. . '
Highway No. 28
Mr. Stikeleather was iit town last
week and stated that convicts will
soon be placed at work on No. 28 be
tween Highlands .and Franklin and
between Franklin and Hayesvillc in
Macon county. The Press was unable
to learn -just , where and when the
convict camps' . will be built, but
judging from Mr. Stikcleajber's con
versation with one of the, county com
inissioncrs work will start in the near
future. , - -, . 1
Prospect of Citizenship
School for Franklin
At a meeting of the Franklin League
of Women Voters on Monday, Mrs.
Franks the chairman, read a letter
from the State Secretary, Mrs. Mary
Cooper in which she stated that there
was a possibility of our securing a
School of Citizenship during the week
of Octoki !U.
Several distinguished speakers can
be obtained at that time who would
explain fullv the plans of the State
and National League for the coming
year, tell us definitely how we may
participate in these plans, and in what
ways our legue may be most effective
in the community.
Th? League has made a rapid and
surprising growth during its short
(existence and a most gratifying in
terest has been shown in the local
chapter. We feel, however, that there
is much that wc do not know in re
gard to the wprk and its possibilities.
Franklin has beet: so isolated that we
have been unable to get in touch wi:h
the larger branches of the organiza
tion and learn Jirst hand of the irreat
movements in which it figures. Many
people l,ave, in the past, entirely mis
construed the plans and purposes of
the league, and still others have
failed to grasp its possibilities. This
information is now to be brought to
our doors by, some of the most prom
inent of the state workers. Here, in
our little .mountain town, we will have
the opportunitp of learning of the
great nation-wide movements which
this .powerful organization is sup
porting. We will have a chance to
take part in state wide and nation
wide campaigns. Great things are be
ing done for community. The atten
tion of the world is -being turned to
ward the betterment of manknid, to
ward bringing about that -enuality of
opportunity for all men of which our
forefathers dreamed when they fram
ed our constitution. The League of
Women Voters offers every womnn
in Macon County her opportunity to
participate in this greJt work.
The league authorized .the chairman
to make every effort to secure this
school. With the cooperation of
Highlands and Bryson City we feel
confident we could make it a great
success and a means of inspiration
and encouragement to us all lor that
great work of social and civic better
ment which is the duty and dream of
every Christian citizen.
Furniture Factory? .
Mr. and Mrs. George B. Abele
daughter and two sons, of Philadel
phia, were guests at the Trimont Inn
last week end. Mr. Abele and family
were on their way by auto to Orlando,
Fla., where they will 'be the guests
of their friends, Mr. and Mrs, George
Wrurst. Mr. .Wurst had requested Mr.
Abele to meet him in Franklin to in
vestigate the - possibilities of ,, estab
lishing a furniture factory here. Sat
urday night Messrs. Wurst and Abele
met with Mr .Logan Allen; E. S. Htin
nicutt, W.' Roy Carpenter and Major
Harris and with these gentlemen went
thoroughly . into! the q&stidri -."ofai
furrtiture factory and planing mill for
Franklin. , V. "
It was explained to Mr. Abele that
there will be available for the market
at Franklin each year 7,000,000 feet
of timber without reducing the supply.
Mr. Abele also Jsarned that there will
be an abundance of cheap power and
plenty of labor. Mr. Abele is a
mechanical eneincer of ereat ability
and has been engaged In wobdlwofk.
ing manufacturing plants for many
years. ,He has an entensive acquaint
ance in the north with men who have
been engaged in this line of endeavor
and are not looking for virgin fields
The conditions here sm to please
Mr. Abele very much. IDC. has prom
ised to communicate with his friends
with a vciw to interesting them in
Franklin. . Prospects seem bright that
something worth while will result
from Mr. Abele's visit to Franklin. '
LOCAL LIEN PLAN
Mr. McGuire and Mr. Hig
, don Option 1500 Acres on
Beautiful Cullasaja 800
, Two wide awake local citizens, Mr.
W. B. McGuire and Mr. Bragg Hig
don, have" optioned approximately
1500 acres of land on the Cullasaja
extending from the shoals at Mr. Jack
Gregory's to the lower Cullasaja falls.
At the Gregory farm is one of the
best dam sites in the state. Here the
mountains close in on both sides of
the river leaving only a narrow can
yon through which, the river Jows
Present plans call for building a da,m
60 feet mi height. This dam will form
one of the most, picturesque lakes in
the south, covering an a.-ea 'ir ..ir-.
proximately 800 acres and will pro-!
dttce about 1000 H. P. of electrical
The proposed development will be
on Highway No. 28 halfway between
Highlands and Franklin." Those who;
have seem the site of this development
claim that, for sheer beauty, it has '
no equal. The optioned lands extend
from the jake site to the tops of the
surrounding mountains, four and five
thousand feet in elevation. These ,
holdings join the government forest
and the .avenel lands.
In this beauty spot of Macon coun
ty riotus nature seems to have given
generously of , her charms. Com
bined with the handiwork of man the
beauties of nature found in this en
chanted paradise are destined to
make this proposed development fa
mous througrout eastern America.
Mrs. Norman Barnard
Ln the death of Mrs. Norman Barn
ard which occurred at 5 A. M. on
October 2, Macon county Jias lost a
loyal friend and a noble Christian
woman. .Mrs. Barnard had been in ill
health for sometime but her sudden
death was . entirely ' unexpected.
Thousands of friends .' throughout
Western North Carolina were griev
ously shocked on learning the news.
For years the unselfish life of this
good woman has been a marked ex
ample to the young people of the
county. In her quiet, gentle way she
did much for Sunday School, Church
and State. .
Mrs. Sallie Weaver Barnard was
born in Buncombe county 63 years
ago and was married to Mr. Norman
Barnard of Macon county 24 years
ago. The deceased leaves a husband
and the following step-children to
mourn he death : Harry of Wash
ington state, Carl of Oregon, Mrs.
Robert , Roper and Mrs. Joseph
Younce of Washington state, Mrs.
Tom Brown of .Raleigh and Mrs.
Mark Dowdle of Franklin. The de
ceased is also survived by two broth
ers and two sisters John and Frank
Weaver of Asheville, Miss Irene
Weaver and Mrs. Leon Sloan of
The remains were buried at Iotla
Methodist cemetery Saturday, the
following named men acting as pall
bearers: Messrs. W. B. McGuire
Frank Moody, Dr. S. H. Lyle. Ice
Crawford, John Harrison and J. A.
Rev. W. M. Smith, assisted by Rev.
Aj; Smith and Rev. J. Q. W'alhce.
conducted' the funeral services.
A wilderness of flowers testified to
the love and devotion of hundreds of
friends who attended the funeral.
Wilson Works Fast
The Wilson" Construction company
has finished pouring concrete on the
Dillsboro road from the foot of the
Cowce's" to 'Franklin. On the 15th of
. October this company will begin at
the top of the mountain and, working
toward Franklin, will connect with
the concrete already poured. Mr.
Wilson says he expects to finish this
link of the road by the hrst of uc
' comber. It is also understood that
the contractor at work on this road in
Jackson county is also making good
time. - ' ,
The road from Franklin to the foot
of the (mountain will he open to traf
fic oie October U.
Standard .Oil Agency
Has Changed Hands
The Peoples' Oil Company, J. S.
Conley and S. R. Joines, have, 'as
sumed the Standard Oil agency for
Macon county. Mr. J. S. Trotter was
formerly agent for the Standard Oil
Company, here, but Rave up the
agenc' October 1. . '
Seldom has Franklin seen a prettier
wedding than last Thursday morning
at 10 o'clock when Miss Carolyn
Sloan became the bride of Mr. Irvin
The home of the bride was charm
ingly 'decorated with firns, autumn
leaves and potted plants making a
most attractive setting for the occa
sion. When the intimate friends and
relatives of the young couple had
gathered, Mrs. Harold Sloa.n, sister
of the bride, sang 'O, Promise Me" in
hei rich contralto, and the bridal
party entered to the familiar, strains
of the Lohengrin March played by
Miss Mattie Angel, , The bride, on the
a-m of her eldest brother, made, a
very charming picture in white saiin
with a bridal boquet of white roses.
The maid of honor, Miss Betty Sloan,
wore blue satin and,earried kilarney
rose-.;. Mr. John Anscll, of Walhalla
S C,otisin of the bride and business
associate of the groom was best man.
Alter a short but impressive cere
mony performed by Rev. W. M.
Smith, the young couple received, the
congratulations of their friends and
the bride slipped away td put on her
traveling costume while the refresh
ments were being served.
An anxious bevy of young ladies
gathered round to try their fate when
she returned in a blue ensemble trav
eling suit to cut the bride's cake.
Amid the merriment of discovering
that Miss May Hunnicutt, had cut the
ring, Miss Janie Neville of Walhalla,
S. C, had cut the. dime and. Miss
Anuiewill Siler the thimble, it was
discovered that the'young couple had
slipped away for a bridal trip through
Western North Carolina. 1
The good wishes of scores of
friends follow these popular young
people. Miss Sloan has made herself
known and loved by all during a
poputor childhood and girlhood in
Franklin and. Mr. Easton has made
friends of all wjth whom he has come
in contact. Mr, and Mrs. Easton ex
pect to spend the winter in Florida
and everyone hopes their fortunes
will be bright and often bring them
back to Franklin.
Lower Tesehta Items
Mrs. Mary Cabe is very sick. Hopa
she will soon be well again.
The school is getting on nicely with
Mr. Ray Moses as teacher
Mr. Henry Cabe and family made a
busniess trip to Franklin Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Emery Keener and
son,' Willie, visited at EJlijay and Wal
nut creek Saturday and Sunday.
Misses Ruth and Mallie Keener
visited at Mr. H. G. Cabe's Sunday,
Mr. and. Mrs. Edgar Garland were
the guests- of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Gar
land Sunday. . "
Miss Vclma Lewis and two sisters
visited their grandnia, Mrs. Sam Hop
kins Sunday. '
Mrs. Henry Vanhook has been visit
ing friends and relatives at this pfece
this week end.
Mr. and Mrs. T.' W? Rhodes were
visiting Mr. H. G. Cabe Sunday.
Little Margaret Patton, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Patton, diqd
last Friday. It was so sad to give her
no, she was such a lovely child but
God knows best. :
Thief Again Busy
On the night, of Sen'tember 26 a
tliicf took from the Joines Motor &
Tractor Co.. approximately $100
worth of casings, motor meters, ra
diator r;ips, etc. This property was
remove'.! from cars standing near the
parage. . .
In speaking to Miss Sophie Albert
some days ago a Press representative,
inquired cor.ce'r ring the significance
of the name "Santa Sophia" for the
great, development five miles west
of Franklin. The following ii Miss
"'Santa Sophia is the name usually
given' to the great mosque of Ava
Sophia . at Constantinople, formerly
the Ch;i;,tian church " of Divine Wis
dom (Hagia Sophia). This church
was burned and rebuilt in 532, A. D.,
and so solid was the construction of
this vast edifice, the most stupendous
of Byzantium monuments, , that it
has stood to the present day. Both
in plan and section the architects dis
played daring originality. The archi
tecture of the great mosques of Con
stantinople and some other Turkish
cities is based fundamentally on that
of Santa Sophia. Therefore;it is fitt
ing to name our development, Santa
Sophia, on account of its firm founda
tion and originality."
A development,! built upon a firm
foundat.on and original in its con
ceptions is bound to succeed. Tiju
Press is not yet at liberty to disclose
all the plans in coqnection with Santa
Sophia. ' Suffice it. to say that this
development is destined to be one of
the most unique in the western part
of the state.
For some, days now Mr. C, R.
Hughes, an engineer of Atlanta, has
been busy making a topographical
survey of the lands consisting of 2300
acres.. Mr. Hughes has finished plans
for the dam which will be 35 feet in
height and built across the Siler Mill
creek five miles west of Franklin.
The lake formed by' the dam 'will
cover an area of 60 acres and will
be the center of a beautiful park.
Mr. Almazov and . Miss Albert,
joint owners of the property, arrived '
this week and will remain here during
the winter to supervise work on the
Birthday Surprise 1
On Sept. 30 quite a few of aunt
Bettie Shepherds friends went to
spend the day with her as it was her
birthday, she being eighty years old.
On the day before a woman went
there and! baked the cake . You
could look at thea-ake and tell how
old aunt Bettie was.
Aunt Bettie not knowing what was
going to happen, , sro on the ;30th
"there were about twelve gathiered
there very early and aunt Bettie was
not in the best of humor for she saw .
we had worked ,a trick on her. So
hen daughter Mrs. Shields, not being
at home there was another put in as
boss of the kitchen. We all joked
her until she got jn a good humor
and everything went off fine. At half
past eleven aunt Bettie was taken into
dinner by her niece, Mrs. J. A. Par
rish, and sitting facing her was a )ady
89 years'old and by hef another near
ly 80. The table was oblong and in the
center was a beautiful vase of pot
flowers and by it was the cake! rep
resenting the number of years aunt
Bettie had lived.' On the en,ds of the
table were all kinds of good things
to eat and everyone enjoyed them
selves, and the dinner.--
After dinner all had a good time
with our social tolks. About four
o'clock we began t leave everyone
wishing the next d' v was aunt Bet
would give her another surprise,
tie's birthday. We all decided if aunt
All honor to the aged people of our
Bettie was Hiving next Sept. 30th we
Mrs. Dollie d Pinner
Mrs.-Dollie C. Pinner, 36, of pace's
Ferry road, died Monday moaning,
Septernbe- 28, at her home. Funeral
arrangements, will be announced lat
er by Greenberg & Bond company,
She leaves her husband, J. O. Pin
ner; a son, Roy Pinner; her father.
John 1). McConnell. of Franklin, N.
C; two. brothers. J. II. and W. A.
McConnell. of Franklin, and three
sisters. Mrs! J.. E. Dnwdle. Misses
Liftie and luanita McConnell, of At-
The remains ivere buried at Sandy
Springs cemtery, seven miles from
Atlanta, tlif funeral , being -held at
Backhaul Baptist church in Atlanta!!